National Students’ Council calls for student support, concerned with improper social media use

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Krynica Poland - September 23 2016: Smartphone in the hand when logging into Facebook applications. Facebook is largest and most popular social networking site in the world.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Students’ Council is an advocacy group aimed at strengthening the voice of students island-wide while ensuring that the right programs are available to look after student welfare and development.

It is in regards to this that the NSC is very taken aback by recent developments involving the Minister of Finance and student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. As a body which serves to bridge a divide between government and students,

can we not expect a better example from our leaders?

In a time where there is an evident search for identity, young persons must  have sound role models to lead them in savory directions.

Regardless the situation Students deserve their peers and government to support them emotionally  as opposed  to  further  tearing  them down.

Hence the NSC calls for government services to aim at providing  support and guidance to the student in this time of evident need.

In recent months the use of social media to embarrass and disgrace young persons has become a rampant trend with an ever expanding range of victims. We can only hope and pray that the life of this young woman will not be greatly affected by the negative attention this unfortunate situation may attract. The NSC urges the public and fellow students to refrain from further hurtful remarks about the student as we would not want them for ourselves.

If we as students and young people do not decide on our own, to elevate our thinking and our mindsets, we become simply statistics, destined only to the harsh realities of society. We need to continually embody the change we wish to see in order to inspire change from those who observe us. This is not a call only for peace or justice, it has become a call for lives and change. If we are a kingdom divided against ourself how can we stand?

Our hearts go out to the families of the individuals implicated who themselves have been the subject of ridicule. We urge students, leaders and all Saint Lucians to rise above our circumstance and accept the challenge to change.

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  1. Young people must realize the importance of being responsible on social media. Today's employers (world wide) will do extensive background checks that do include social media activity. Have fun, use responsibly and remember everything that is on the internet, STAYS on the internet.

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    • Remember every action has a reaction, very good article and my heart goes out to this young lady and her family, but she did it to her herself.. Are you were $700.00 because no one would have known about this if she was plotting and scheming to get money off of this man. You placed a value on your worth when you sent those texts.. It's very easy to point the finger or fingers on what should have, could have and would have been done, where the person we need to be pointing the finger at is our selves.. I have followed this story here and there and yes the Minister was dead wrong for entertaining such a relationship if he did and of course being a married family man but he didn't ask for any of this too happen either. He didn't set out to destroy this young ladis life she did it to herself for $700.00 to take a trip. God be with us all..

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